Reginald Heber

HEBER, Reginald. b. Malpas, Cheshire, 21 April 1783; d. Trichinopoly (now Tiruchirappalli), India, 3 April 1826. His father was rector of Malpas and squire of Hodnet, Cheshire. He was educated at Whitchurch Grammar School, privately at Neasden, and at Brasenose College, Oxford, where he won the Newdigate Prize for his poem ‘Palestine’ (later set to music by William Crotch) in 1803. He was elected a Fellow of All Soul’s College in 1805, and after travelling in several countries including Norway, Sweden and Russia, he was ordained (1807). He was vicar (and lord of the manor) of Hodnet, Shropshire, 1807-23, during which time he wrote his hymns. He was also Bampton Lecturer at Oxford on The...

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